The Valdosta Daily Times
A recent youth rodeo was a success with more than 130 entries and 200 spectators to cheer on the young cowboys and cowgirls wanting to show their skills in the arena.
The rodeo was hosted by J2 Quarter Horse at the J2 Arena south of Quitman off of the Greenville Highway.
Organizers Buddy and Serena Johnson said, “We wanted to provide the children and those that came to watch with the same feel of a professional ran rodeo.”
The rodeo started in the traditional style with the presentation of the United States flags carried by Jessica Bell, followed by prayer and the National Anthem sung by Aubri Johnson, 11.
The children competed in traditional rodeo events including bull riding, mutton busting and goats with more than $1,300 paid back to the children.
The different divisions consisted of the ribbon division, juniors, seniors, and high school division. Contestants ranged in ages from 2 to 18 years of age and competed in a combination of division.
In a typical junior rodeo, the competitors are capped at 13 years of age due to moving on to the high school rodeos. However, organizers have seen such an increase in families not wanting to travel throughout the state of Georgia for these rodeos, they felt there was a need to bring the rodeo events closer to home for regional children.
Serena Johnson said, “The Youth Rodeo is such a positive experience for everyone – both the young and old. We were being asked before the rodeo was over when next one would be.”
If you didn’t get a chance to make the recent Youth Rodeo, you will get another chance in February.
Visit http://www.calfhorse.com; or contact Serena Johnson, (229) 740-1420.
The Johnsons said they would like for all children who want to learn about the rodeo and stock to have the opportunity to learn. They have just installed the arena and will be starting an equine saddle club in January and currently are offering bull and bronc riding lessons on Monday nights, chute doggin’ and goats on Tuesday nights.
They have established a Facebook page “J2 Quarter Horse” where people can follow upcoming events.